November 2009 Blog Posts (300)

Ridiculous "tits for troops" website promises to boost "moral"

I came across this site on my daily internet search for "how to help humanity." Unsurprisingly, boobs come up A LOT in these searches, except when you're trying to save humanity from breast cancer. Then boobs aren't actually that helpful. But this Pink Glove Dance is. Watch it and join the cause!

Anyway, Tits for Troops (which is obviously not safe for work, and neither is this post) is pretty self-explanatory, but here's the spiel from their website:

"This site is… Continue

Added by Anna Pulley on November 30, 2009 at 7:27pm — No Comments

Description Hall of Fame: Zbigniew Herbert

The Description Hall of Fame welcomes Polish poet Zbigniew Herbert. He joins Willa Cather, Colette, M.F.K Fisher and other masters of the art of description.

Our readers group will be talking about Herbert's collection of essays, "Still Life with a Bridle," in which he describes paintings that have moved and astonished him, among them, Torrentius's "Still Life with a Bridle." Herbert describes his first glimpse of the work: "How to describe this inner state? A suddenly awakened… Continue

Added by Miriam Levine on November 30, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Poetry books to buy this year/"Plan P"

Well, let's call it Plan P shall we? Since it's generally agreed that poets are at the bottom of the "getting published" list, why not make an effort to seek out a female poet who has yet to snag a publishing contract and buy a copy of her chapbook? (Trust me, we all have them.) And then, at the other end of the scale, let's support Carol Ann Duffy, current Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom. Carol Ann Duffy's work is smart, sly, and sometimes brutal. My particular favorites come from The… Continue

Added by Jane Galer on November 30, 2009 at 2:54pm — 3 Comments

Why I let my ten-year-old daughter watch "glee"

In case you haven't heard, I LOVE the show "glee" (that's how they spell it--lowercase--so grammar queens, no need to correct me). My ten-year-old daughter loves "glee." Most parents I know are pretty horrified by that fact, but I'm okay with it. Why?

Get ready for the Ss: the singing is spectacular; the writing is sharply satirical, snarky, and spot-on; I love singing coach Will Schuster, a.k.a. Mr. Shu (yummy is how my friend… Continue

Added by Rachel Thompson on November 30, 2009 at 10:48am — 3 Comments

Softcover Reprints

My memoir, REGINA'S CLOSET: FINDING MY GRANDMOTHER'S SECRET JOURNAL was published in 2007 in hard cover. My publisher has no intention of publishing the soft cover edition. Due to the high cost of the hard cover, many people and organizations have expressed interest in purchasing a softcover edition.

Does anyone know any publishers who might take on publishing a second edition soft cover? I own the book rights.

Any and all tips and ideas are… Continue

Added by Diana Raab, PhD on November 30, 2009 at 9:47am — 2 Comments

December sales of Courting Kathleen Hannigan to benefit pro bono causes

Buy a copy of Courting Kathleen Hannigan (a novel that will be especially enjoyed by women working in once male-dominated professions) as a stocking stuffer. For each book sold, I'll give $1 to Lawyers for the Creative Arts and $.50 to the Seattle YWCA GirlsFirst Program, in honor of my friend Anne Mini, who let me use her Author! Author! blog to promote this offer. Part of the idea here is to demonstrate that women do want to read fiction about strong and complex women in the real and complex… Continue

Added by Mary Hutchings Reed on November 30, 2009 at 8:28am — No Comments

Help Us Celebrate our 30th Anniversary with Big Savings

Matilda Butler and I are celebrating 30 years of friendship and working together. Our Women's Memoirs blog is only our most recent venture together. Thirty years is a long time...we felt it deserved some grand gesture on our part.

So we took our popular 5-DVD set The [Essential] Women's Memoir Writing Workshop and chopped the price. While it's… Continue

Added by Kendra Bonnett on November 30, 2009 at 5:49am — No Comments

Returning Home

In Texas

Written after a return to my roots.

Added by Christi Craig on November 29, 2009 at 9:38pm — No Comments

Celebrate Author Ananda Leeke's Official Book Release Party on 12.6.09 4pm in DC & Watch Countdown Video #1

Greetings All!

I hope your Thanksgiving was filled with fabulous food, fun, and family moments that fill your heart with joy, gratitude, and love.

Join me in celebrating Day 1 of the That Which Awakens Me Book Release Party Countdown. Check out the video below that features me reading an excerpt from Chapter 5 of my new book That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery. It discusses my writing life. For more information, visit… Continue

Added by Ananda Leeke on November 29, 2009 at 9:01pm — No Comments


For mystery fans and authors:

The planned mystery convention afloat has been confirmed!

Details: Nov. 14-21, leaving from Los Angeles. Three days at sea for panels and such. Ports-of-call: Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas. No extra charge for the conference, just pay for the cabin. Really encouraging small presses and their authors to attend. No "rules" on this trip! I'm also trying to negotiate with the ship so we can sell our books.

Bev has wrangled 120… Continue

Added by Sunny Frazier on November 29, 2009 at 8:03pm — No Comments

Countdown to Publication -- THE HAPPINESS PROJECT.

Days remaining to publication date – 29.

The Happiness Project is an account of the year I spent testing the wisdom of the ages, the current scientific studies, and the lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. This is my fourth book (or my fifth book, if you include a book I did in collaboration with an artist).

The big news for me this week is that my book… Continue

Added by Gretchen Rubin on November 29, 2009 at 3:27pm — 5 Comments

Why Do Something If It Can Be Done: Quoting Gertrude Stein # 19

"Pigeons on the grass alas"

Collecting photos of Gertrude Stein was an intense, year-long treasure hunt. It led to Paris libraries and private collections, to University Archives and Rare Books Libraries, press agencies and personal friends of Gertrude and Alice who were still alive. I wanted the iconic images, of course, the classics I had seen as a schoolgirl when I fell -- not yet in love with her -- but in awe: the famous Man Ray and Cecil… Continue

Added by Renate Stendhal on November 29, 2009 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

Sunday Salon

Community news: We have lots of winners to announce. In order to simplify my life and hopefully to increase your participation, at the end of each month I'll post a single listing of monthly winners. We exist to support writers and that means among other things, reading and reviewing their work. We provide ample opportunity for you to acquire books. If you haven't been participating in our giveaways, the quizzes or memes, I strongly encourage you to do so. Winning is as simple as commenting or… Continue

Added by LaTonya on November 29, 2009 at 12:18pm — No Comments

Found Time

Every once in awhile, a phenomenon occurs that I’ve heard referred to as “found time”. This supposedly means that all of a sudden, a period of time becomes available that was previously booked. Like when a meeting suddenly cancels and you get to go food shopping. Or one day you look up and there are no children at home – like that. Found time.

Added by Cindy Eastman on November 29, 2009 at 10:38am — No Comments

Radio Show this Saturday!

Hi Everyone, Just a quick note to let you know that I'll be on Jennifer Crews Radio Show talking about "Windows of Opportunity" this coming Saturday, December 5th, at 3:00 p.m. EST. You can Log on at, then click on to listen. Thanks again for your friendship and support! Keep watching for those windows, Sherri

Added by Sherri Cortland, ND on November 29, 2009 at 5:28am — No Comments

Book launch. Part 2

November 28th, 2009.

After months of preparations and anticipation, the fair finally arrives. Let’s get the bad news out of the way first, shall we? My earnings from the sale of my books covered the cost of operating my space, and the price of my lunch! I was very disappointed, and now have to look for a plan B for surviving as an entrepreneur at this time. I was amazed that I did much better one on one by taking my work to individuals and having them purchase right away or place an… Continue

Added by Sherelle Wallace on November 29, 2009 at 4:05am — No Comments

Book launch. Part 1

November 18th, 2009.

Last month I left a comment of encouragement for Beth Hoffman, who shared that she was so nervous about the pre-release of her book. My advise was to do all she could do, then just breathe. I added that I also had a book launch coming up, and that I hoped I would be able to follow my own advise. I’ve read numerous posts on various forums, about how nerves can get the best of writers; a writer has so much riding on a publication or launch, which makes each case… Continue

Added by Sherelle Wallace on November 29, 2009 at 4:03am — No Comments

Ash: Love, Empowerment and Happiness


Malinda Lo

Little, Brown


A fresh, imaginative retelling of a classic fairy tale, this is how most reviews lead off, but this lead falls short of what a fantastic, modern tale of resilience, growth, loss and love this is. In the classic tale, Cinderella is… Continue

Added by LaTonya on November 28, 2009 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Moving On...

Sometimes, when all things seem to tumble down, like domino chips, I wonder how it all happened in the first place. Obviously, if it affects me, even when I know I have partial blame to accept, but the amount of hurt I feel is not comparable to what part I played in the mess. The words that seem to filter through to me, these days are, “boundaries, ethics, respect,” or the lack, thereof.

When we were kids, we could run home and tell our parents if a friend or neighbor proverbially… Continue

Added by Linda Spear on November 28, 2009 at 6:42pm — No Comments

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